National Agriculture

Leaders' Debate

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Kelsey Johnson

Kelsey Johnson is an award-winning journalist now working as an economics correspondent with Reuters in Ottawa. Prior to joining Reuters, Ms. Johnson spent six years covering Canadian agriculture and trade policy for iPolitics in Ottawa. Her work has also appeared in the Toronto Star, The Western Producer, and Farmtario. Born and raised in Alberta, Kelsey credits her Western roots for sparking her interest in all things related to Canadian agriculture. In her spare time she can be found camping, canoeing or curled up with a mug of tea, her cat Harry and a good book.


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Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau


The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau was elected as the Member of Parliament for Compton—Stanstead in October 2015. She has served as a minister since 2015, and is currently the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

In her former role as Minister of International Development, she helped refocus Canada’s international assistance on helping the poorest and most vulnerable people and on supporting fragile states.

In her current role, Minister Bibeau’s overarching goal is to support the agricultural sector in a way that allows it to be a leader in job creation and innovation. Knowing that Canada’s farmers, ranchers and food processors are the foundation of our food sector, she will help Canada’s agriculture sector be more innovative, safer, and stronger.

Luc Berthold


Luc Berthold become the editor-in-chief of the Courrier Frontenac in 1996. In 1999, he was political attaché for Nathalie Normandeau and, at the same time, communications advisor for the office of the leader of the official opposition. In 2003, he was press secretary for the Minister for Regions and Tourism. The following year, he became Chief of Staff for the Minister of Transport, Julie Boulet. In 2006, he was the acting director of communications for the Quebec Liberal Party. In spring 2006, he was elected mayor of Thetford Mines, an office he held until 2013. Luc Berthold is currently the Conservative Member of Parliament for Mégantic-L’Érable, and Official Opposition Critic for Agriculture and Agri-Food.

Kate Storey


Kate Storey is the agriculture critic for the Green Party of Canada. She runs a cow-calf operation in Manitoba and works with her husband to produce organic grains. Until recently, Kate served as the president of the Manitoba Organic Alliance, a farm commodity association working to increase the production and trade of organic grains. From early years spent on her grandparents’ apple farm, and her studies of plant science, to years of working and raising her family on the farm, Kate has been passionate about farming that is both economically and environmentally sustainable.

An active member of her church, Kate has served as president of the Chamber of Commerce, chairwoman of the School Parent council, director on the Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council, and womens’ advisor to the National Farmers Union. Kate has testified before the Agriculture committees of the Senate and the House of Commons on behalf of farmers and for a sustainable rural economy. She has been an advisor to the National Farmers Union, as well as the president of the Manitoba Organic Alliance. Kate stood up in her community against school amalgamations and rural hospital closures and is outspoken against threats to the wellbeing of farm families.

Alistair MacGregor


Alistair was elected in 2015 to represent the new riding of Cowichan–Malahat–Langford. A strong advocate for agriculture, Alistair lives in the Cowichan Valley with his family on a small farming property. He has served as the NDP’s Critic for Justice and Human Rights and currently serves as the Critic for Agriculture.

Having lived in the Valley for over 28 years, he knows the challenges facing our communities. As Member of Parliament, Alistair has worked hard to bring local concerns to Ottawa. He has been actively engaging constituents on issues such as climate change, housing, pensions, salmon habitat, and the clean energy economy of the future.

A former forestry worker, Alistair has been an advocate for community-based agriculture with a focus on promoting environmental sustainability and ending food insecurity. Alongside NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Alistair is ready to take on the threat of climate change and level the playing field for seniors, workers, and families.